Southern comfort. Southern charm. Southern vittles. Adventurers travel to The South for a number of reasons. If you happen to be one of those southern lovin’ travelers along Mississippi’s highway 49, then take time for the perfect pit stop at Shady Acres Village, nearly equidistant between the busy towns of Jackson and Biloxi.
To say Shady Acres Village is a pit stop is putting it lightly. Yes, there’s a nice clean restroom, but there’s so much more. There’s a garden center, a restaurant, and a general store. There’s even a bakery that sells whole cakes and pies from a $10.99 peanut pie to a $30.00 carrot or German chocolate cake. Luckily, the bakery sells their delicacies by the slice too. Shady Acres is also an unusual pit stop (they don’t sell gasoline, by the way) because it’s seemingly out in the middle of nowhere, even though the small towns of Hattiesburg and Collins each lie about ten minutes away in either direction.
Shady Acres is set up like a small town street with rustic, wooden storefronts and big painted signs. You may pull up to the sound of live music being played on the front, dining porch. And you’ll likely smell something delicious being cooked inside, highlighted by the sweet smell of blooming jasmine from the garden center. And people will be milling all about.
This more than just a pit stop is open Monday through Saturday with no late night hours. The General Store opens from 9AM until 6PM and the café from 10:30AM to 5PM, so plan your stop accordingly. Come hungry, but just make sure you get there before closing time.
Grab a packaged piece of cake or a cookie for a quick bite, but for lunch give “The Big Shady” a try with it’s BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw piled into a ciabatta bun. When in the south it’s hard to resist the likes of fried pickles and fried green tomatoes however. But if you want to dine on something a little heavier, opt for a popular rib dish. No matter what your taste buds crave, whether it’s ice cream or crawfish, or something in between, you’ll likely find it here.
Save plenty of time to meander through the general store. It’s a great place to pick up a gift or two, or some snacks for the road. Besides gifts and packaged bakery goods, the general store sells fresh produce and unusual jams and jellies, including F-R-O-G jam. (Don’t let the name fool you, it’s delicious, just check the ingredients if you’re worried.)
So when in Mississippi, arrange a ‘pit’ stop at Shady Acres Village. Stretch your legs, stay a while and enjoy their southern hospitality.
624 Highway 49
Seminary, Mississippi 39479
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